When I was at school we did morals and ethics as part of my year nine R.E. class, and one of the things we talked about was abortion. I took the information away and thought about it, talked about it and made up my own mind about abortion. Please bear in mind that this is from the point of view of someone who’s never had to face the choice of abortion or keeping a child, and so I don’t have any experience or really strong emotional reasons for my decision.
I’m pro-abortion, pro-choice, whatever you want to call it. I don’t think that abortion is something to be undertaken lightly, and for the vast majority of women I think it’s probably one of the most traumatic and difficult decisions that they would have to face. One of the reasons that I believe we should keep abortions is in order to make the procedure as safe as possible – it may seem extreme, but back street abortionists were well known and even if the numbers have been exaggerated, no one should have to go through something like that.
My opinion is partly based on the experiences of people I know, and I think that they made the right decision to have an abortion. If we lived in a world where they didn’t have a choice, then we’re telling people that women have no right to make a decision with regards to what happens to their own bodies. I don’t want babies to be aborted without a real reason, of course not, but I still believe that in a free country we should have the right to choose without the guilt trip that these aggressive pro-lifers are forcing on these women. Why should they feel worse because of your morals? They are only hurting the people who are hurting already.
By my own words, pro-lifers have a full right to hold their own opinion, and I can understand why they do but I disagree with their methods. I’m going to be attending a meeting tomorrow to get involved in a protest against Abort67 which is heading to Nottingham to protest the fact that we’re a strong pro-choice university. I don’t think that giant gruesome banners help anyone, but that’s my personal view.
What do you think?